Seamstress Spotlight: Pauline Alice & her Cypress Cape

Here’s something new: Seamstress Spotlight! Seeing what you make with Sewaholic patterns is the best. So great, in fact, that sometimes we wish we could delve a bit deeper into the garment and the seamstress who made it. That’s how this series was born.

Our first featured seamstress is Pauline Alice of Pauline Alice Patterns & blog! When we saw her Cypress Cape, we knew we had to share it with you.

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Where can we find you online? 

You can find me on my blog as well as my sewing pattern shop. On the blog I share sewing tutorials and makes from either my patterns or other sewing patterns company I love. And on the shop, you’ll find all the Pauline Alice patterns available in print or PDF download.

How and when did you learn to sew?

I learned to sew as a teenager but didn’t take it seriously until 2010, when I moved from France to Spain. I’ve always been very interested in fashion and being in a foreign country where I didn’t know many people at first, I started sewing and reading lots of sewing blogs online (Sewaholic being one of the very first I found and loved by the way!). This is also how I learned sewing techniques, through online tutorials and books… and lots of practice.

How would you rate your skill level?

By now I think I could qualify for advanced even if there’s still so many techniques I need to learn. That’s the great thing with sewing, you’ve never finished to learn new tricks.

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Pattern: Cypress Cape

Fabric: Grey boiled wool and faux-fur from my local fabric shop in Valencia, Spain.

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Tell us about your make.

I loved sewing the Cypress cape. When the Vancouver collection came out, I knew I was going to order a few of the patterns, even if I’m not really into sewing active-wear (too difficult to find the fabrics needed here). But I love capes and the Cypress looked very comfortable and easy to wear thanks to the sleeveless bodice and wide cape “sleeves”. I wanted more of a preppy look and found a great boiled wool with enough drape, even if it’s on the heavy side, and changed very few things. I eliminated the folds on the back piece, changed the velcro closures for toggles and added fur trim to the hood, that’s it! And as the boiled wool doesn’t fray, it saved me some time finishing the seams, they are just pressed, trimmed and topstitched. I started working on the cape on a Saturday morning and I was able to wear it on Sunday for a bike ride! It’s a really easy make. If I make it again, it would be in a lighter fabric, as recommended in the instructions, as some seams were quite voluminous and my sewing machine had a few complaints ;-)

Thanks Pauline! We love your Cypress cape.

Stay tuned for more Seamstress Spotlight features in the coming weeks!

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10 Responses to Seamstress Spotlight: Pauline Alice & her Cypress Cape

  1. patsijean January 14, 2016 at 7:59 am #

    Pauline, I love your version of the Cypress Cape. It looks easy to wear and warm, and classy all at once.

  2. Helen January 14, 2016 at 8:52 am #

    This is such a wonderful idea! I love seeing what people make with indie sewing patterns. The cape is gorgeous, and I hadn’t considered making it as not and active wear item, but it looks so good!! I will definitely be adding this pattern to my list now :)

  3. nothy January 14, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    I love this cape – the closure is so smart. I have to buy this pattern asap, which I have been meaning to do anyway. Also, I know there is a lot of ease in this pattern so I’m not worried that I am not a pear shape (aging rectangle that needs to lose weight is a lot closer description). With some of your non-knit top patterns, I would love a refresher on how to fit for non-pears.

  4. Sarah January 14, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    Love it Pauline! Did you lengthen the cape at all? It looks longer on you than the website photos on the model but maybe that is just because you are more petite than the model? I completely want to make one in this wool now!

  5. Annette January 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    I love this cape that you’ve made, It is sooo lovely! TFS, Annette

  6. PsychicKathleen January 14, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    Caroline I love your cape and your fabrics by the way :) – the cape does have a nice drape and for Vancouver (and Victoria) weather most of the time – a cape is perfect. I’ve been eyeing that pattern for a while BUT it still feels above my skill level yet. Who knows? I just might be ready to tackle it by the fall :)

    • Monika April 5, 2016 at 10:29 am #

      Hey Caroline Amanda, what a great article. I agree with PsychicKathleen. I also love the button design Pauline Alice.

  7. Susanne January 14, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    That looks great! It makes me want to sew my own Cypress Cape!

  8. Becky January 15, 2016 at 7:22 am #

    How lovely! It’s a great way of reworking an activewear pattern, and one that I’d be seriously tempted to copy if I could wear wool. I also love the idea of sharing what other bloggers are making from your patterns, and look forward to future installments.

  9. Velosewer January 29, 2016 at 11:18 pm #

    Pauline has such an eye for style and matches fabrics to patterns in such a chic way.

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